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    Yashicamat 124G

    I picked up a 124G some time back, and have yet to be able to check it out. It has no battery cover, so the price was low. I've had no luck finding just a battery cover for the thing - Mark Hama wanted to do the CLA, without giving me a price for the cover so I could even see if the CLA was worth doing. Any ideas? I sure would appreciate it.

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    cover charge

    I would be very surprised if you cannot use the YM without putting a battery in it or having a battery cover. The little 1.3 v. button battery, I am sure, powers the light meter but not the camera. I have two Yashicamats sans any lightmeters and a Rolleiflex with no light meter, too. To me the built-in light meters are not very good anyway. There's the Sweet 16 rule and of course, hand held light meters. Don't let anybody kid you, Yashicamats are fine cameras and I am speaking as a guy who got his first Rolleiflex in 1956.

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    Just use a hand held meter. The camera only utilizes the battery for the meter, the rest is mechanical.
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    Thanks. Those are alternatives, of course, but I get a little anal about having things work right - a personality flaw. My dad taught me TLRs on his Yashica. Of course, he didn't let me use his Rolleiflex until I was 13 or so, and then, only if he were right there to "supervise". Everything seems to work on the 124G, so I think I'll just have to load it and see what happens. That's half the fun anyway!

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    scrounge

    You can try out the 'Mat without the battery cover and if it works do what a zillion of us poor devils out here in Dig****land are doing -- scrounge for old parts. I have a Kodak 35 rangefinder made in about 1945 that is missing a small part, the cover thingamabob that sits on the top of the lens/shutter assembly. I'll probably have to buy a whole camera to get that part but I am looking. You never know. Film shooters are optimists.

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    tlr meters are so wide-field they're only advisory, at best. Put some black tape over the battery compartment and take pictures.

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    I would try ordering a battery cover again. Just use a new email address and request a price. Maybe this time Mr. Hama is in sell the mood to the part. He sold me a small black plastic part for mine...for $20, but not available anywhere else.
    "If its not broken, I can't afford it."

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    And this is why I'm retuning to film. You can always find a way around a problem. Thanks all.

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    Don't worry about the battery, shoot with an external meter (you can even download one onto your smart phone), or just use Sunny-16.

    My first TLR was a Yashica-12, great cameras!
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    I thought I should add that replacing the battery wire in this camera is a piece of cake, in case it is corroded. After I got mine working I carried a meter with me for a few rolls for comparison. Now I dont carry one because I find it rather dependable.
    "If its not broken, I can't afford it."

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